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  • Africans Native Americans and the English in 1619 Virginia
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    Africans, Native Americans, and the English in 1619 Virginia

    Historians discussed the arrival of the first African slaves to Virginia in 1619 and their encounters and cultural exchanges with Native Americans and English settlers. The John W. Kluge Center…

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  • Lewis and Clarks Expedition
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    Lewis and Clark's Expedition

    Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola talked about their book, Mapping the West with Lewis in Clark. They also displayed the original 1814 map that was created by Meriwether Lewis and William…

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  • Discussion on the Influence of the Magna Carta
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    America and the Magna Carta

    Law professors talked about the origins of the Magna Carta and its influence on the U.S. Bill of Rights. This event took place at the Library of Congress, where a 1215 copy of the Magna…

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    John Adams

    Mr. McCullough talked about his book John Adams, published by Simon and Schuster, a biography of the Founding Father and second president of the U.S. After his presentation he answered…

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    The Federalist Papers

    Mark Dimunation talked about The Federalist Papers. The collection of 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay were written in 1787-88 to encourage the states to ratify the United…

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  • emFlight from Monticelloem
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    Flight from Monticello

    Michael Kranish, a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe, recounts the ideological and political maturation of Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Kranish examines Jefferson’s election to…

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    Mayflower

    Mr. Philbrick talked about his book, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, published by Viking. He described the history of the Pilgrims and Nantucket. After his presentation…

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    The House

    Mr. Remini talked about his book, The House: The History of the House of Representatives, published by Collins. He told stories of the history of “the People’s House” and responded to…

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    1776

    David McCullough talked about his book, 1776, published by Simon and Schuster. He discussed the American Revolutionary War and how Americans should not forget the sacrifices of those soldiers. He tells the story…

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  • National Museum of the American Indian
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    National Museum of the American Indian

    Director West gave the closing keynote address celebrating American Indian Heritage Month. He is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes of Oklahoma. He talked about Indian cultures…

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    A Is for American

    Professor Lepore gave a talk, illustrated with photographs, about her book, A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is her…

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  • Religion and the American Republic
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    Religion and the American Republic

    Panel members discussed republicanism and religion, and the role of women in religion in the early republic.

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  • Separation of Church and State
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    Separation of Church and State

    Mr. Dreisbach and Ms. Adelfio talked about the history of religion in America, and the events behind the constitutional separation of church and state. They also took audience calls, faxes,…

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    American Scripture

    Mrs. Maier talked about her new book, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Indepedence. She focused particularly on the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence which is…

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    Witnessing America: Firsthand Accounts

    Mr. Rae and others read from the book he edited, Witnessing America: The Library of Congress Book of Firsthand Accounts of Life in America 1600-1900. The book is based on Library of…

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    The Federalist Papers

    Dr. Bernard Bailyn, a Pulitzer Prize winner, talked about The Federalist Papers, a collection of essays written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison and collected into a book…

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